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Butler Exec Ed, State Bar Offer Business School for Lawyers


PUBLISHED ON Sep 03 2015

The Butler University College of Business’s Executive Education program and the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) are partnering to offer the Business School for Lawyers, a program created to combine a lawyer’s technical training with business knowledge and skills required to keep a law practice afloat.

The sessions, which begin Oct. 30, will be held on the Butler campus. Participants will explore areas that include financial analysis, leadership, Executive Education logobranding, human capital, and how to manage change in an organization. Sessions are designed to combine a lawyer’s technical training with business acumen and leadership principles to increase the client service and to enhance the firm’s sustainability in an ethical manner.

Participants who take all five sessions will earn a Certificate of Business Administration.

Session dates:

  • Oct. 30: Session 1 - Strategic Thinking & Business Development
  • Nov. 6: Session 2 - Financial Business Planning & Reporting
  • Nov. 13: Session 3 - Client Relationship Management
  • Dec. 4: Session 4 - Market Analysis for Growth & Business Development
  • Dec. 11: Session 5 - Human Capital Change Management

“Butler Executive Education is so proud to partner with the ISBA for the design and delivery of this customized, highly engaging program for lawyers,” said Sheri Fella, Executive Director of Butler Executive Education. “The partnership with ISBA is an exciting launch. Our faculty has created a customize learning experiences for lawyers that directly relates to their current challenges and enables them to return to their clients and firms with tools that can be applied immediately.”

To register, or to see session descriptions and objectives, visit The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 9. The class will be limited to the first 25 registrants.

"If you are a lawyer in private practice with enough income and wealth to retire today, I congratulate you. I recommend that other lawyers consider enrolling in the Business School for Lawyers," ISBA President Jeff R. Hawkins said. "The State Bar's partnership with Butler University offers members game-changing marketing and strategic planning resources that will move many of our members from striving to thriving, whether they practice as solos or partners at a global law firm."

The curriculum for the ISBA program was designed by a tenured faculty team that includes Butler College of Business Associate Dean Craig Caldwell and Butler Executive Education Faculty Director Kathy Paulson Gjerde.

“Working with our talented faculty on this program to tailor the content to the development of a lawyer is an exciting opportunity,” Gjerde said. “We look forward to continuing to enhance the sessions and the overall certificate in collaboration with ISBA in the years to come.”


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Butler, ISMA Introduce a Physician Leadership Program


PUBLISHED ON Aug 20 2015

Butler University’s Executive Education program and the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) will partner this fall to deliver a Physician Leadership Program.

Executive EducationThe courses, created to enhance leadership and business acumen, are being offered through ISMA’s new Indiana Center for Physician Excellence. Sessions are designed to combine a physician’s scientific knowledge with sound leadership principles to advance the goal of improving patient care. Participants will study areas that include financial analysis, management, organizational politics, and how to manage change in an organization.

“Butler Executive Education is thrilled to partner with the ISMA for the design and delivery of this highly innovative, highly engaging program for physicians,” said Sheri Fella, Executive Director of Butler Executive Education. “The partnership with ISMA has been one of deep collaboration and we share their passion for developing physicians as whole leaders in our home state in the rapidly changing environment of healthcare.”

Continuing medical education will be provided for all courses completed and certifications will be issued to physicians who complete four of the six offerings in 2015. Course evaluations and assessments will help direct the future design of the program. Participation is limited and priority will be given to ISMA members.

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“Today’s team-based care and integrated health systems demand physician leadership,” said Heidi Dunniway, President of the Indiana State Medical Association. “ISMA formed the Indiana Center for Physician Excellence to navigate the challenges presented by our dynamic environment.”

The program is being funded in 2015 and 2016 by a grant from the Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower physicians to lead in the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient health care

The curriculum for ISMA program was designed by a faculty team that included Butler College of Business Dean Steve Standifird and Associate Dean Craig Caldwell.

“We have brought the best of the best to this program and it has been an exciting journey to tailor the content to the development of a physician who wants to excel as a leader both in emotional intelligence and in business acumen,” said Kathy Paulson Gjerde, Faculty Director, Butler Executive Education. “We look forward to continuing to push the threshold of learning in this certificate program for the years to come.”


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Butler to Welcome 1,040 First-Year Students


PUBLISHED ON Aug 18 2015

Butler University will welcome 1,040 first-year students on move-in day Saturday, August 22. Classes begin Wednesday, August 26.

Butler’s class of 2019 continues the University’s track record of attracting high-quality, academically prepared students. Here’s a look at some numbers.

Butler is noted for specific programs and student success, among other topics.

-42 valedictorians and 16 salutatorians.

-Average GPA, 3.78.

-ACT middle 50 percent 25-30.

-SAT middle 50 percent Critical Reading 520-620 and middle 50 percent Math 530-630.

-19 Lilly Scholars.

- 6 National Merit Semi-finalists/Finalists.- 1 National Achievement Finalist.

The Class of 2019 comes from 37 states, D.C. and eight countries. Forty-five percent are from Indiana, and 55 percent are from out of state. About 180 come from the Chicagoland area.

This year’s incoming class is also the most ethnically diverse, with 15.7 percent multicultural students and 38 international students.

The breakdown by college is: 60 College of Education; 402 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; 163 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; 86 Jordan College of the Arts; 250 College of Business; 79 College of Communication.

Individual students have:

  • Received the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence based on outstanding grades, leadership potential, and determination in the field of medicine.
  • Created a publishing company at 14 and published her debut novel, Era, at age 16.
  • Performed at the Vatican, the Grand Olde Opry, and the Kennedy Center.
  • Led his team to the Junior League World Series.


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Grant Helps Butler Create Student-Run Insurance Company


PUBLISHED ON Aug 17 2015

The Butler University College of Business will establish a student-run insurance company with the goal of having the company fully operational by the 2019–2020 academic year, thanks to a $250,000 gift from MJ Insurance and Michael M. Bill.

The Butler business, known as a “captive insurance company,” will insure certain programs at Butler, perhaps including the live mascot, Butler Blue III, or physical damage to University vehicles.

Butler University's College of Business building June 26, 2013.College of Business Dean Steve Standifird said the idea behind the internal insurance company is to give students hands-on experience and prepare them for an industry that expects to need tens of thousands of new employees over the next seven years to replace workers who will be retiring.

“This captive insurance company builds on Butler’s model of experiential learning,” said Zach Finn, Clinical Professor & Director of the Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program in the College of Business, who will supervise the students. “We have students who manage a $2 million financial endowment, and many universities around the country do that. There’s no reason students with the proper setup couldn’t manage an insurance company.”

Finn said the program will give students the opportunity to look at risks that face the university, assess the financial impacts, and determine whether the risks would be best retained and paid for with university assets as they occur, through traditional insurance markets, or through a captive insurance company.

Students will learn how to write the insurance policy, what the coverage terms will be, how to finance the company, and more. They will be able to apply their risk-management expertise in accounting, investments and numerous other areas.

“We are excited about this partnership with Butler University and the Davey Program,” said Jon Loftin, President and COO, MJ Insurance. “Butler has consistently graduated students from the College of Business more prepared to enter the workforce due in large part to their emphasis on experiential learning and providing their students with the unique opportunity to apply the academic principles in a real-life setting.”

MJ and Bill’s initial gift will cover the minimum amount of capital that’s needed to fund a captive insurance company at its outset. The College of Business also will be soliciting gifts to fund the operating costs.

“The insurance industry has been very rewarding to me over my lifetime, and I appreciate all that it has given to me, my family, and the opportunity to be the founder of MJ Insurance, Inc. for the past 51 years,” said Michael M. Bill, chairman and founder of MJ Insurance. “If we can instill a path to the students via the kind of training that I had as a very young man, it will be not only rewarding to the students that graduate through the Butler University College of Business in Insurance and Risk Management, but will provide them with a livelihood and personal reward every day that they are in our industry.”

According to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the insurance industry will need to replace 104,000 insurance sales agents, 71,900 claims adjusters, 67,400 claims/policy processing clerks, 28,900 underwriters, 8,500 software developers/programmers, 7,500 computer/information analysts, and 6,900 actuaries by 2022.

Finn estimated that even if the approximately 50 colleges and universities that offer an insurance program were able to graduate about 50 students each year—an optimistic estimate, he said—that would still leave an enormous shortfall of people ready to step in and do the jobs.

“Our students, through this program, will graduate with those skills in hand,” Standifird said. “In an industry that is in desperate need of talent, we’ll not only be providing them talent, but talent that is much closer to being job-ready than they’re going to find anywhere else. That’s one of the big motivations for doing this—to give our students a significant advantage going into the workforce.”

Added Loftin: “We are encouraged by the increasing interest of the millennial generation in the insurance and risk management industry which has historically been viewed by college graduates as boring or stale compared to some other careers. We are finding that most young adults today are simply unaware of what extraordinary opportunities exists within this industry that often times align more closely with their career, financial and, most importantly, their life goals.

“Therefore, we believe that it’s merely a matter of creating awareness and educating these young adults of the career benefits and opportunities that do exist. We believe that many colleges and universities are sleeping on this industry that has a dire need for qualified talent. In fact, those universities that do have insurance and risk management programs are experiencing 100 percent job placement rates in most cases. Therefore, we cannot think of a better opportunity to assist our industry in generating interest in this field than by partnering with Butler University in creation of a student-run captive.”


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Introducing the Hinkle Academy, a New Graduate Program


PUBLISHED ON Jul 22 2015

Graduate students looking to become leaders in wellness, sport, and allied fields now have a new option: the Hinkle Academy, a joint online venture of Butler University’s Department of Athletics, College of Education, and Health and Recreation Complex.

The program begins in the fall, offering 12 credits of graduate coursework spread out over 11 months. Classes will expose students to a variety of sport and wellness careers and lead to a 12-hour certificate that can be used toward a Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership at Butler or a graduate degree elsewhere.

Tony Hinkle Statue“In my world of rec sports, the competition is such that if you don’t have a master’s, you’re really behind the eight-ball,” said Scott Peden, Butler’s Director of Recreation. “It’s an incredibly competitive marketplace for jobs.”

For more information, contact Mindy Welch, Program Coordinator, at 317-940-9550 or More graduate information is available at

Subject areas in the Hinkle Academy coursework begin with an investigation of the Butler Way ethos for effective leadership, establishing culture, and building community. Coursework will include marketing, special events, program planning, and facilities management. “Regardless of what specific branch you go into in wellness, you’re going to have to know budgeting and finance and sponsorships and legal aspects and a boatload of specific topics,” Peden said. “Those are good foundational competencies to have, regardless.”

Hinkle Academy also will include the Butler/Indy Lab, a three-day residential workshop at Butler University and in Indianapolis, during which students will be able to meet the people—and tour the organizations and facilities—that drive Indianapolis’s reputation as a sports capital.

A capstone, eight-week summer apprenticeship can be completed in a student’s home organization or community.

"The Hinkle Academy provides a unique portal for candidates with shared interests in education, sport, and wellness and diverse backgrounds, careers, and goals to study leadership through the lens of the Butler Way," College of Education Associate Professor Mindy Welch said.

The certificate work is appropriate for current and future Butler alumni; licensed teachers and coaches in all sports at all levels; volunteer coaches affiliated with schools, churches, community centers, and fitness centers; professionals employed in sport and wellness; and individuals seeking career change or entrepreneurial opportunities in education, sports, athlete development, fitness, recreation, and wellness.

Michael Freeman, Butler’s Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, said the online coursework and flexibility of the program schedule “should provide insight and education on how there are many ways to get the job done in sport.”

“It can work for all types of people, from recent grads looking to break in to sport, folks looking for a career change or those already in sport and looking for self-improvement,” he said. "We could see a very diverse group of students.”

Peden said having all classes online is perfect for people who are in the workforce and can’t take the time to return to school for two years.

“There are a lot of students who are graduating from undergraduate coursework and looking to see what’s next,” he said. “This is a unique niche.”

See Welch and Freeman talking about the Hinkle Academy on Inside Indiana Business.


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Student-Researchers Get Their Chance to Shine


PUBLISHED ON Jul 15 2015

This summer, after a year and a half trying to grow a protein called OVCA2 that’s thought to suppress ovarian cancer tumors, senior Jessica Bun had a breakthrough.
Jessica Bun showed her research on a protein thought to suppress ovarian cancer.

On Wednesday, July 15, she got to share the news with students, faculty, staff, and visitors who came to see the results of research by participants in the Butler Summer Institute (BSI).

“It’s really exciting,” said Bun, whose project is called “Determination of the Biological Function of OVCA2, a Potential Ovarian Cancer-Related Enzyme.” “It’s great to do BSI – especially for the science kids – because it’s eight hours in the lab Monday through Friday, and you have more time to do work. A lot of the time when I’m doing research during the school year, it’s just four hours per week.”

Through BSI, 34 students worked one on one with a faculty member for eight weeks this summer. They delved into topics such as “Designing a Classroom Library for Lifelong Reader,” “Representing the Local Food Movement,” and “Analysis of Museum Construction Materials and Development of Related Curricular Materials.”

Bun was one of 18 students who presented their research during a morning poster session in the Reilly Room. Another 16 BSI participants gave oral presentations July 15 and 16.

BSI students earn a $2,500 stipend and are offered housing in University Terrace. The participating students and their faculty mentors also come together for evening events such as ballgames and movie nights at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The idea, said Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeremy Johnson, who oversaw BSI this year and also worked with Bun on her project, is “to create a community of scholars.”

Johnson noted that through BSI, he met faculty and students he never would have otherwise and learned about how research is conducted in other areas. Some BSI projects brought together faculty from psychology (Professor Tara Lineweaver) and music (Professor Tim Brimmer), who worked with junior Emily Farrer on whether music can be used to soothe dementia patients. (Farrer’s research is ongoing; so far, the results have been inconclusive.)

Many participants in BSI are at the beginning or perhaps middle of work they may be doing for years. Some – like Bun – will go on to present their findings at national research conferences and publish their findings.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Alison O’Malley, who worked with senior Lauren Murphy on a project called “Good Leaders Give Good Feedback: How Emotional Intelligence and Implicit Theories Enable Leaders to Develop Themselves and Others,” said the time in BSI is invaluable for students as well as faculty.

“During the academic year, there’s really no comparison in terms of the ability to have focused research time,” she said. “Your tasks are so divided up during the fall and spring terms, so in the summer, to really dig in to research and be side by side with the student as their ideas are taking form and playing out in the lab, that’s what BSI allows to happen. And it’s beautiful.”


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Butler Recognized by Fiske, Colleges of Distinction


PUBLISHED ON Jul 02 2015

Butler University has been recognized by both the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2016 and the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction website.

Butler is listed in five categories in the updated Fiske Guide, “a selective, subjective, and systematic look at 300-plus colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.”
Butler is noted for specific programs and student success, among other topics.

Butler is included in:

  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Business
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Engineering
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Dance
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Drama
  • Small Colleges and Universities Strong in Music

Butler also is noted for strong programs in Natural and Health Sciences, Dance, Business Marketing, Accounting, Education, Journalism, Communication Disorders, English and Creative Writing, and International Business.

“College hoops fans may recognize Butler University as the unheralded outsider who fought its way to the final game of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships not once but twice in recent years,” the book says. “But those who attend this small Midwestern university know that Bulldogs basketball is representative of the Butler way of life, which emphasizes teamwork, tenacity, and solid fundamentals.”

The book, which covers 322 schools, quotes an anonymous Public and Corporate Communications major as saying that Butler “offers quality education, friendly and approachable professors, plenty of opportunities for involvement, and an overall friendly atmosphere.”

A Strategic Communications major says: “Butler students are extremely competitive. Whether that be for who has the best presentation in a class, the highest grade on a test, and even for internships in the Indianapolis area—Butler students want to be the best and be recognized for that.”

The Fiske Guide is written by Edward B. Fiske, who served for 17 years as education editor of The New York Times. During that time, he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote the bestselling annual, the Fiske Guide to Colleges, to help them.

Butler also is included on the 2015-16 Colleges of Distinction website,, which serves as a guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by education professionals.

The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. To earn the distinction, schools must excel in four distinctive areas and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website. These include:

  • Engaged students: students take an active part in their learning
  • Great teaching: professors care about helping students learn to think for themselves
  • Vibrant community: active campuses and communities with many opportunities for personal development
  • Successful outcomes: Students are equipped to find better solutions in the workplace and in the world

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors, and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. The colleges and universities are not ranked and instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.


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Butler Graduates First Cohort of Neuroscience Minors


PUBLISHED ON May 20 2015

Two years after creating a minor in Neuroscience, Butler University has graduated its first cohort of students in that minor.

Neuroscience minorThe 10 graduates who completed the Neuroscience minor are:

Laura Beer (Psychology)
Katie Cahill (Psychology)
Elizabeth Davis (Psychology)
Joey Hebert (Biology and Chemistry)
Jake Huyette (Anthropology, Psychology, and Spanish)
Dan Lester (Biology)
Sarah McRoberts (Psychology)
Renee Mommaerts (Psychology)
Mara Olson (Biology)
Zach Walter (Mathematical Sciences and Psychology)

The students are continuing onto medical school or are attending graduate programs in psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, or biology.

The first Neuroscience minor, Adam Davis, graduated in 2014.

“I am so proud of these students who worked very hard to complete an intense sequence of Psychology, Biology and Philosophy courses in a two-year period,” said Psychology Professor Tara Lineweaver, who is director of the Neuroscience minor. “I am also so pleased with the many post-graduate educational paths these students are following. We created the Neuroscience minor to help prepare students for their post-Butler futures, and these students are perfect examples of the many different doors a Neuroscience minor can open after graduation.”


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How to Succeed in Business By Making Bassoon Reeds


PUBLISHED ON May 07 2015

The Butler University Bassoon Reed Co., a partnership between the Butler University Bassoon Studio and students in the Butler College of Business to build reeds for bassoons, has won the $9,000 top prize in the fifth Zotec Business Competition, part of the Real Business Experience curriculum.
Hailey Jensen and Nolan Reed led the Butler University Bassoon Reed Co.

Second place and $5,000 went to Freedom of Peach BBQ, a flavored barbecue sauce. Third place and $3,000 went to i + Care, a fundraiser for hungry children in the United States.

Butler’s Real Business Experience class, a sophomore level experiential learning course, incorporates the competition throughout the semester. In collaboration with Zotec Partners, a national firm providing revenue cycle and practice management services to hospital-based physicians, students learn to develop, grow, and run a real business. Winning teams demonstrate outstanding presentation skills, business process management, sales and marketing success, growth and partnering, use of technology and social responsibility.
The winner

The judges found that the Bassoon Reed Co. “did an outstanding job presenting their challenges and milestones in a very concise and professional presentation. They also were able to maintain a competitive price strategy and establish employee production measures that increased efficiency and ensured their products’ quality control was superior.”

Participants in the winning team were Nolan Reed (CEO), Hailey Jensen (Chief Sales Officer), and Professor Anne Clark (mentor) from the College of Business, and six bassoon students: Owen Carlos, Kathryn Chamberlain, Sara Erb, Claire Hazelton, Erin Wells, and Heather Wright.

“I think the Butler University Bassoon Reed Co. is a great example of many of the things we are striving to do at Butler,” Professor of Music Doug Spaniol said. “It’s certainly innovative (as far as I know, it’s the first student run business of its kind); it’s collaborative and interdisciplinary with business majors and music majors working together; it’s entrepreneurial by it’s very nature, and it’s a great example of both ‘Real Life, Real Business’ and ‘Music & More.’ I’m delighted to see the bassoon students getting real business experience and developing skills that can help them make a life and career in music.”

Freedom of Peach BBQThe judges said the second-place Freedom of Peach BBQ company “bought a business, rebranded their product and really took a good look at the marketing and determined how to take sales to the next level. They worked nationally with grocery chain Fresh Thyme to gain local placement at three locations in Indianapolis.”

The Freedom of Peach team was Carson Ludwig (CEO), Kevin Rhinesmith (COO), Kirby Lawson (Creative Director), Alan Eidelman (CFO), Claire Krohn (Sales), Meredith Comerford (Marketing), and John Seal (Mentor/Alumnus).

The third-place team, i + Care, “showed that passion, persistence, and people can allow you to make a profit and a difference, and they utilized feedback to pivot and change marketing direction to create greater interest and connection to product and the cause.”

I + CareThe team was Dylon Pierce (CEO), Maison Priest (Creative Director), Karli Azar (Director of Sales), Paige Freud (COO), and Rhoda Israelov (Mentor/Alumni).

“The top three teams demonstrated to us how they really leveraged the five “Ps” that comprise Zotec’s mission statement: Passion, Perspective, Persistence, Predictability and People,” said T. Scott Law ’85, Zotec’s Founder and CEO. “The RBE at Butler University’s College of Business is a fantastic learning opportunity for each student that is involved. We are very proud of each team this semester and the individual contributions and accomplishments of the students.”


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914 Students Become Alumni on Saturday


PUBLISHED ON May 04 2015

Butler University expects to confer degrees upon 914 graduates during Commencement ceremonies that begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Eva Kor

The newest Butler graduates include 222 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 220 from the College of Business, 203 from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 96 from the College of Communication, 85 from the College of Education, and 88 from the Jordan College of the Arts.

Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Longtime Butler benefactor Jean T. Wildman also will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.

The faculty speaker is Craig Caldwell, Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business. William Grabb ’15, President of the Senior Class, will offer reflections.

Approximately 225 students are expected to receive academic honors. This year’s graduates also include 32 international students from 16 nations, 26 Phi Beta Kappa inductees, and 185 students who studied abroad.


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Chad Pingel, Katelyn Sussli Named Most Outstanding Students


PUBLISHED ON Apr 27 2015

Chad Pingel, a junior Marketing and Finance major from Des Moines, Iowa, and Katelyn Sussli, a junior Organizational Communication & Leadership and Political Science double major from Loveland, Ohio, have been named Butler University’s most outstanding man and woman students, respectively, for 2014-2015.
Katelyn Sussli and Chad Pingel

Pingel, who is minoring in Ethics, has served as a Butler Student Ambassador and chaired the academic affairs of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. Most notably, he has held roles as Vice President of Finance and Student Body President through the Student Government Association. He also works as a Student Orientation Guide and, next fall, will be a Student Orientation Coordinator. After graduation, he plans to stay in Indianapolis working in either the consulting or health care industries.

Sussli, who has a Business minor, will graduate in spring 2016. She has served as a Butler Student Ambassador, President of the Butler University Student Foundation, and Director of Administration for her sorority, Alpha Phi. She has been Student Director of the Volunteer Center and coordinator of the Academic Affairs committee of the Council on Presidential Affairs. After graduation, she plans to pursue her master’s degree in higher education.

They were selected from this year’s Top 100 students, recognized by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs.


In addition to Sussli, the Top 10 women students include:

  • Carly Allen, Middle/Secondary Education, Mathematics, Upper Arlington, Ohio
  • Kate Carroll, Finance and Marketing, Garden Prairie, Illinois
  • Rachel Chambers, Elementary Education, Sylvania, Ohio
  • Elizabeth Davis, Psychology and Pre-Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Rachel Erkilla, Chemistry, Newburgh, Indiana
  • Elizabeth Gormley, Elementary Education, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Rachel Hahn, Spanish and Communication Sciences and Disorders, Zionsville, Indiana
  • Anastasia Luc, Elementary Education, Northbrook, Illinois
  • Rebecca Pokrandt, Elementary Education, Northville, Michigan

Along with Pingel, the Top 10 men students are:

  • Bryant Dawson, Spanish and Science, Technology, and Society, Evansville, Indiana
  • Austin Del Priore, Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Ryan Dimmitt, Doctorate of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tyler Hudgens, Biomedical Engineering and Biology, Elgin, Illinois
  • Renato Puga, Psychology, Philosophy, and Spanish (triple major), Monticello, Indiana
  • Perry Rabin, Chemistry, Highland Park, Illinois
  • Braden Sciarra, Chemistry, Seymour, Indiana
  • Joseph Thomas, Chemistry, Brazil, Indiana
  • Gregory Zemtsov, Religion and Chemistry, Yorktown, Indiana

“These are students who have demonstrated outstanding character, scholarship, engaged citizenship, leadership, and commitment to service,” said Levester Johnson, Vice President for Student Affairs. “We congratulate them on their achievements. They have been, are, and will continue to be wonderful representatives of Butler University.”

Since 1961, the Outstanding Student Recognition Program has honored students who, through campus leadership, community involvement, and academic performance, are great assets to Butler University.

The full Top 100 list, with majors:

Carly Allen: Middle/Secondary Education; Mathematics

Giana Bender: Spanish; Sociology and Criminology

Adam Beswick: Biology

Matthew Blandford: Music Composition, Mathematics

Aaron Brenner: Chemistry

Emily Brown: Chemistry

Jacob Brown: Pharmacy

Rachel Brown: English Literature; French

Lindsay Byers: Strategic Communication

Kate Carroll: Finance and Marketing

Kathryn Chamberlain: Music Performance; Honors Chemistry

Rachel Chambers: Elementary Education

Taylor Cox: Digital Media Production

Tanner Crandall: Chemistry; Spanish

Bryant Dawson: Spanish; Science, Technology, and Society

Austin Del Priore: Political Science; Peace and Conflict Studies

Jaclyn Demeter: Physician Assistant Studies

Ryan Dimmitt: Doctorate of Pharmacy; Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mollie Ellis: Arts Administration

Mary English: Elementary Education

Rachel Erkilla: Chemistry

Katherine Evans Chemistry: Psychology

Bethany Feitshans: Pharmacy

Nicole Fluegel: Pharmacy

Emily Fox: Pharmacy; German

Colleen Frank: Psychology; Spanish

KayleeFulford: Marketing

Robert Gale: Finance; Management Information Systems

Catherine Geanon: Psychology

Elizabeth Gormley: Elementary Education

Margaret Griffiths: Science, Technology, and Society

Rachel Hahn: Spanish; Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aaron Havlisch: Actuarial Science

Megan Hebb: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Joey Hebert: Biology; Chemistry

Courtney Hittepole: Psychology; Sociology with a specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

Sean Horan: Economics; Mechanical Engineering

Tyler Hudgens: Biology; Biomedical Engineering

Connor Hummel: Pharmacy; Spanish

Kelly Jay: Biology

Lauren Karmire: Pharmacy

Chase Keirn: Physician Assistant

Ellen Kendall: Psychology

Kaitlin Klein: Elementary Education

Amber Kline: Biology; German

Ashley Kline: Biology; Biomedical Engineering

Kathryn Kruse: Spanish; Physician Assistant Studies

Anastasia Luc: Elementary Education

Hannah Martin: Arts Administration; Chinese Language and Culture

Scarlet Martin: Actuarial Science

Elizabeth McGough: Pharmacy

Magy McKary: Chemistry

Monica McKary: Biology; Spanish

Christina McKnight: Actuarial Science

Brett McMurray: Elementary Education

Trey Meehan: Strategic Communication

Mara Minion: English Literature

Christopher Mohler: Finance; Risk Management & Insurance

Blake Moskal: Science, Technology, and Society

Ryan Mughmaw: Chemistry

Arielle Noel: Physician Assistant

Garrett Oberst: Chemistry

Sara Omohundro: Economics; Finance

Mikinzie O'Neal: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Phil Osolinski: Finance and entrepreneurship

Ridge Parks: Marketing; Finance

Alex Petersen Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Chad Pingel: Marketing; Finance

Rebecca Pokrandt: Elementary Education

Paige Poure: Psychology

Renaot Puga: Psychology; Philosophy; Spanish

Perry Rabin: Chemistry

Rebeccah Rendall: Political Science; French; Religious Studies

Noelle Rich: Psychology;Sociology with a specialization in Social Work and Social Policy

Kaylie Ricks: Journalism

Katrina Rodriguez: Elementary Education

Cynthia Roush: Strategic Communication: PR & Advertising

Olivia Rudd: Human Movement and Health Science Education

Braden Sciarra: Chemistry

Luke Shadiow: Chemistry

Mackenzie Smith: Chemistry; French

Lauren Stark: English Literature; Spanish

Brittney Stephan: Religion; Organizational Communication

Micaela Strycker: Pharmacy; Spanish

Katelyn Sussli: Political Science; Organizational Communication & Leadership

Molly Swigart: Political Science

Joseph Thomas: Chemistry

Dessirae Turner: Elementary Education

Erin Vollmer: Arts Administration

Hannah White: Strategic Communications

Zachery Wolfe: Actuarial Science

Gregory Zemtsov: Religion; Chemistry

Steve Zikeli: Accounting

Amber Zimay: Secondary Education; Spanish


Butler Students, Alumni Win 'Best in Indiana Journalism' Awards


PUBLISHED ON Apr 27 2015

Student journalists from The Butler Collegian and received nine "Best in Indiana Journalism" awards from the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists Friday evening.
Sophomore Matthew VanTryon, senior Mallory Duncan and junior Julian Wyllie

Former Collegian editor-in-chief Ben Sieck, a senior, won first place for student sports reporting. His story, "Defining a champion: The factors of Indiana high school athletic succes," examined how the Indiana High School Athletic Association tries to balance competitiveness at Indiana's public and private high schools. The story was published on as part of his coursework for JR312 Multimedia Journalism II.

Sieck and former Collegian co-editor-in-chief Mallory Duncan, also a senior, won first place for spot news reporting for their story, "Former Butler student killed by ISIS." The breaking news story first reported online the unconfirmed death of Abdul-Rahman Kassig, an American aid worker in Syria who was a political science major known as Peter Kassig during his time at Butler. The updated online story reported confirmation of his death, as well as comments from Butler President James Danko, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. A print story contained a poignant interview with political science department chair Siobhan McEvoy-Levy.

Cartoonist Audrey Meyer, a junior, won first place for student editorial cartoon for her representation of fear surrounding Ebola.

Editor-in-chief Julian Wyllie, a junior, won second place for student editorial writing for "A Cloud of Doubt," and third place for student column writing for three columns.

Former editor-in-chief Marais Jacon-Duffy '14 also received a second place for student non-deadline news reporting, for her story "Classification concerns."

Next year's editor-in-chief Matthew VanTryon, a sophomore, won third place for student investigative reporting for "Former players allege verbal abuse, mistreatment," and also third place for student feature story, "Former player Smith diagnosed with cancer."

Former Collegian editor-in-chief Colin Likas '14 won third place for student graphics for "Sex crimes reported by BUPD since 2011."

And former Collegian editor-in-chief Hayleigh Colombo '12 won second place for education reporting for professional work at Chalkbeat Indiana, a nonprofit online news organization that focuses on issues surrounding education and education reform.

The annual "Best in Indiana Journalism" event honored excellence by professional and student news organizations from around the state for their work from 2014.


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